Ambulatory Care

Ambulatory Care Center


Ambulatory Care Center at the University of Miami Hospital We are pleased that you and your physician have selected University of Miami Hospital for your Surgical Services / Ambulatory Surgery / Pre-Admission Testing services. 

Pre-Admission Testing

The Hospital's Pre-Admission Testing Center is dedicated to meeting the concerns of our pre-operative patients and their families.  A visit to the Pre-Admission Center gives each patient having surgery at University of Miami Hospital the opportunity to facilitate health history reviews, registration, and testing.

The Center is located on the first floor of the Hospital’s South Building (Outpatient Center).  Your visit should be scheduled up to 30 days prior to your surgery or procedure.  Appointments may be scheduled Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm, by calling 305-689-5422.

Your appointment will take approximately two hours, although the time may vary depending on what tests are required.  Fasting is not required before your visit, unless specifically requested by your physician.

What to expect during your visit

First, you will meet with your patient account representative to verify your demographic and insurance information. Remember to bring your driver’s license and insurance cards.

A member of the nursing staff will interview you to obtain a past medical history, list of medications, and will review patient education.  This is a great opportunity to ask questions and become familiar with your routine the day of surgery and post operatively.

This testing is done on site at the Ambulatory Surgery Center.

You may have to have blood drawn, give a urine sample, have an electrocardiogram (EKG) and a chest X-ray, if your physician requests them. 

If you have any concerns regarding anesthesia, you may speak with an anesthesiologist at the time of your appointment.  Otherwise, you will speak with the anesthesiologist on the day of your surgery, prior to the procedure.

The Day Before Surgery

Please contact Pre-Admission Testing at 305-689-5422 between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM to confirm the time of your arrival and surgery the following day.  If your surgery falls on a Monday or the day after a holiday, please call the last working day before the surgery.

Notify your surgeon of any changes in your physical condition, such as a cold, fever, sore throat, rash or flu.

Please make arrangements for a responsible adult to accompany you on the day of your surgery.

The Evening Before Surgery

The following instructions are very important and MUST be followed or your surgery may be cancelled:

  1. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the day before your surgery (including water, juice, coffee, no gum chewing or candy).
  2. Do not drink alcoholic beverages or take recreational drugs 48 hours prior to surgery.
  3. Do not take aspirin or aspirin products for one week before and after surgery, unless otherwise instructed by your physician. If you are uncertain about medications that may contain aspirin or aspirin products, please consult your physician or pharmacist.
  4. If you are taking medications for asthma, seizures, heart disease or blood pressure, take them the morning of surgery with a small sip of water.  If you use an inhaler, please bring it with you.
  5. If you are a diabetic, do not take any pills or insulin the morning of your surgery.  If your surgery is scheduled later in the day, please check with your surgeon for further instruction.
  6. For your safety, the following must be removed:
    * All jewelry and body piercing
    * Contact lenses
    * Wigs, hair clips and hair pins

The Day of Surgery

If you are having a procedure in the ambulatory surgery center, please report to the registration desk in the Outpatient Center, located on the first floor of the South Building.

If you are having a procedure in the main operating room, please report to the admitting department located in the main lobby.

Important Things to Remember

  1. Please bring picture a identification such as your drivers license and insurance card.
  2. Wear loose comfortable clothing, something easy to put back on when it is time to wear your clothes again.
  3. Leave jewelry and valuables at home, including cash, wedding rings, watch, etc.
  4. If you have an advance directive/living will and/or guardianship papers please bring them with you the day of surgery.
  5. Prostheses, contact lenses, and dentures will be removed before entering the operating room.  They will be kept in a secure area during the surgery and returned to you in the recovery room after the procedure.
  6. Upon discharge, a responsible adult must be present, as you will not be permitted to drive home.

Pre-Operative Routine

After you check-in  at the registration desk, the following events will take place:

  1. You will be taken into the surgical preparation unit, where you will change into a patient gown and empty your bladder.
  2. You will sign your surgical consent and be interviewed by a surgical preparation unit nurse.
  3. You will be placed on a stretcher; a nurse will check your blood-pressure, heart rate and temperature
  4. An intravenous (IV) will be started and lab samples may be collected.
  5. The anesthesiologist will discuss the anesthetic plan with you.
  6. Medication to prevent nausea/vomiting may be administered.  It may make your mouth feel dry.
  7. Family members and friends must remain in the surgical waiting area until you have been discharged from the recovery room.

During Surgery

Family members and/or friends must wait in the surgical waiting area during surgery.  There are vending machines available in the surgical waiting area.  University of Miami Hospital also has a lobby gift store, coffee cart and cafeteria for your convenience.

After Surgery

  1. You will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unity (recovery) where you will receive special care while recovering from anesthesia.   The physician will notify your family members that you are in the recovery room.
  2. When you have met the recovery room discharge criteria, you will be discharged home or transferred to a hospital room.  If you are transferred to a hospital room, one family member may stay in your room overnight.  A cot may be requested at the nurses’ station of the floor where you will be admitted at a first-come-first-serve basis.
  3. Expect to be drowsy the remainder of the day.
  4. If you are discharged from the hospital, discharge instructions will be provided and any questions answered.
  5. Upon discharge, do not drive a car, sign legal documents, operate machinery, drink alcoholic beverages or use recreational drugs until approved by your surgeon.
  6. When you arrive home, please take it easy.  Let your family members or friends wait on you.  Make sure a responsible adult stays the night.
  7. If you have unexpected severe pain, heavy bleeding, a temperature higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit or other problems call your surgeon or go to the emergency room. 

Parking is available at a discounted rate with validation.  Please bring your parking card to either Outpatient Registration or Admitting.  The parking lot is conveniently located at the intersection of 14th NW Street with 12th NW Avenue, accessible from the main lobby on 14th Avenue, and also accessible from 12th Avenue.  Also, for convenient wheelchair accessibility, bring the car to the main entrance for drop-off or valet parking located in front of the building off 12th Avenue.

We are open between the hours of 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Fridays.



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